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Good views if you have a seat
Oxo Tower (London)
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Oxo Tower (London)
Advantages: Nice range of drinks
Disadvantages: Lack of seating makes customers feel out of place
This review will is for the bar area of the Oxo Tower only, and not including the restaurant.
To get to the Oxo Tower Bar and Restaurant you need to go up in the lift to the 8th Floor. The lifts are located in the shops under the tower. The lifts are pretty basic, but clean and quick.
On arrival at the 8th floor you walk down the coridoor to the bar area. You will pass the cloakroom area and the reception for the actual restaurant. There were no specific staff to greet us and direct us to the bar, and the staff in the cloakroom just kind of stared at us as we walked past but made no effort to smile or say hello.
The bar is in the middle of the room, and is large enough to accomodate the half dozen staff on hand mixing cocktails. Drinkers can sit around the bar, or at one of the seats around the edge by the windows. Everyone else, not lucky enough to get a seat just has to stand in the middle of the room.
Getting to the bar can be difficult with people sat on stools all around the edge. However, I was fortunate and got served within a coupel of minutes.
The cocktail list is vast. And the average price is £10 per drink. They do not last particularly long, as they are served in a more tumbler style glass, but they are very tasty, and they are not your usual run of the mill mojitos, but instead contain some different recipes.
The bar staff were fine and friendly enough. Service was with a smile. When paying for your drinks you are given the option to pay now or start a tab. On the receipts it is stated that service is not included, however, I don't think that a tip is necessary. The bar staff aren't waiters, they simply make your drink and pass it over the bar.
The views are ok. If you are fortunate enough to get a seat then it would be quite romatic to sit and look out at the night sky with the office lights twinkling. But if you are having to stand then the ambience is ruined slightly, as you just feel out of place and in the way of other customers.
There were a lot of people in the bar on the Friday night that I went, and so it is pretty noisy.
The customers were varied. From people in glamour dresses and suits to guys in jeans and rugby shirts. This bar really is for everyone. It will almost certainly attract a lot of tourists as well as loal workers for an end of week beverage. I had previous read that the dress code is smart casual, but to be honest, unless you look like a total tramp, I think anything goes really.
The ladies toilets were clean and well maintained, and had plenty of soap and hand towels too.
You could take someone here for a romatic evening, but I would advise getting there early to secure seats. Unfortunately, you cannot reserve a bar area as there are simply not enough seats to warrant a reservation system.
Summary: An ok bar, but given the prices a bit mroe seating would be nice